Manchester City transfer news, live! Latest reports, rumors, updates

0 Comments

Manchester City will have some new faces in the fold, and familiar names out in the cold, as it embarks upon a trek to win a fifth Premier League title in six seasons.

Fernandinho is gone and Oleksandr Zinchenko should follow, while Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez were the players moving to the Etihad Stadium during the summer.

VIDEO: Premier League analysis ] 

Will the new pieces help Man City keep hold of the Premier League and chase down the final jewel in its infinity gauntlet, the Champions League title?

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Liverpool | Chelsea | Tottenham | Man United | Arsenal ]

Below we roundup the latest done deals, reports and rumors and give our analysis on Manchester City transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) will guide you through a hectic next few months.


Manchester City 2022-23 confirmed transfers & signings

In

Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund ($80 million) – MORE
Kalvin Phillips – Leeds United ($54.7 million)
Julian Alvarez – River Plate ($17 million)
Stefan Ortega-Moreno – Arminia Bielefeld (free agent)

Out

Raheem Sterling – Chelsea ($56.3 million)
Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal ($54.7 million)
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Arsenal ($35.9 million)
Gavin Bazunu – Southampton ($14.75 million)
Romeo Lavia – Southampton ($14.4 million, plus $3.6 million possible add-ons)
Fernandinho (end of contract)
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Burnley (loan)
CJ Egan-Riley – Burnley (free agent)


Manchester City transfer news, live!

Aug. 9 – Man City turns to Spanish U-21 left back

With Marc Cucurella property of Chelsea and Oleksandr Zinchenko off at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola’s turned his attention to a younger long-term option at left back.

Anderlecht’s Sergio Gomez is the player in question. He turns 22 next month and had five goals with 12 assists under former City man Vincent Kompany last season, so Pep would have all angles covered when it comes to evaluation.

Gomez has also played for Huesca and Borussia Dortmund since leaving Barcelona’s academy as a teenager.

The BBC says that City could opt to throw him into the first team fire but may also loan him to Girona in La Liga. (NM)


July 31 – Brighton give Manchester City ultimatum, firm asking price for Marc Cucurella

Earlier this week, Brighton left back Marc Cucurella reportedly put in an official transfer request as he tries to force a move to the two-time defending Premier League champions. On Sunday, Brighton informed Man City that there will be no more negotiations regarding the 24-year-old Spanish international, unless a bid of $60 million is made. This has (loosely) been Brighton’s stance on Cucurella all summer, and things apparently remain unchanged following the transfer request. Man City reportedly offered $36.5 million, which is roughly the transfer fee they received from Arsenal for recently departed left back Oleksandr Zinchenko. (AE)


July 29 – Marc Cucurella hands in transfer request

Well, this is escalating. Brighton left back Marc Cucurella has handed in a transfer request, according to Fabrizio Romano, as the Spanish defender wants to push through his move to Manchester City. Per several reports, Man City and Brighton have yet to agree a fee and this latest update says there is still a ‘big gap’ between the two clubs when it comes to the valuation of Cucurella. It is believed City have offered close to $40 million for Cucurella but Brighton want close to $60 million. Brighton’s player of the 2021-22 season is seen as Pep Guardiola’s replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko and Brighton know Man City have money to spend after they offloaded Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko this summer.

Will Cucurella start every game for Man City? Probably not right away as he has Joao Cancelo to get past at left back, but if Cancelo is moved to right back and Kyle Walker is rested or plays as one of the center backs, then there should be plenty of minutes available for the attacking full back. Cucurella seems like a perfect fit for City’s system and even Brighton boss Graham Potter has admitted that the Seagulls accept players have ambitions to join bigger clubs. Cucurella, 24, is now trying to push through his dream move and that means this is likely to end one way: Cucurella playing for Man City this season. (JPW)


July 25 – Speculation continues after reported Cucurella bid

Marc Cucurella is unequivocally a Pep Guardiola player, right down to the Catalan roots, but will Brighton’s valuation of its star wing back keep him with the Seagulls?

Cucurella was phenomenal with Brighton last season and left back was always going to be a position of interest for Man City even before it sanctioned the sale of Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal.

The money going into their coffers from North London made a Cucurella move start a feel a bit more certain, but the Seagulls have reportedly rejected a $36 million bid in the hopes of getting something closer to their $60 million valuation.

Is this as simple as a meeting halfway on the price? It would seem so. (NM)


July 22 – Oleksandr Zinchenko unveiled as newest Arsenal player

Following weeks of reports and speculation, and even confirmation from his former manager, Oleksandr Zinchenko is officially an Arsenal player. The Gunners announced the 25-year-old left back/midfielder’s arrival on Friday, with the Ukrainian international calling it “a boyhood dream come true.” (AE)


July 20 – Man City deny Neymar deal

Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports that Manchester City didn’t want to sign Neymar, as a report from Le Parisien stated that Paris Saint-Germain offered the Brazilian star to the reigning Premier League champs in exchange for Bernardo Silva but City turned the deal down.

“It is not true. I am sorry for them because the information was false,” Guardiola said. Neymar is incredible player… Let him express the huge talent he has in Paris with Lionel Messi, Mbappe and others. I would say that Manchester City every season bought 150 players.”

Neymar, 30, has consistently been linked with a move away from PSG this summer as it seems like the French giants are moving away from their model of signing superstars. His talent is undoubted but his injury record has been pretty troubling over the last few years. Neymar would of course fit in very well at City (imagine him linking up with Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland!?) but it seems like this move is a non-starter. If Neymar was to leave PSG this summer, where could he actually go? Given his wages and the potential transfer fee/player in exchange that PSG would ask for, it is a tough to see him moving at all. (JPW)


July 18 – Oleksandr Zinchenko set for Arsenal

According to a report from David Ornstein, Arsenal have agreed contract terms with Oleksandr Zinchenko after agreeing a $35.9-million transfer fee with Manchester City. The deal is expected to be announced by Arsenal in the coming hours or days. Zinchenko is currently in the United States as part of Man City’s preseason tour, but he is expected to depart to undergo his medical with Arsenal, who are also stateside ahead of the new Premier League season. (AE)

July 15 – Ake deal off; Zinchenko talks continue

Nathan Ake will not be leaving Manchester City this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano, as the Dutch international is needed by Pep Guardiola. The center back, 27, was linked with a move back to Chelsea but that won’t happen and according to reports, the Blues aren’t delighted about the move stalling late on. With Presnel Kimpembe potentially on his way to partner Kalidou Koulibaly, Chelsea should have plenty of options at center back but probably need one more signing to back-up Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta (if he stays) as youngster Levi Colwill will also be on the move.

As for a player who could well be leaving Manchester City, it appears Oleksandr Zinchenko is edging closer to a move to Arsenal. The Ukraine star could play at left back, in midfield or on the left wing for Arsenal and his minutes would increase with the Gunners. Like Gabriel Jesus, he’s a player who knows Mikel Arteta really well and he would slot in perfectly to Arsenal’s system. Zinchenko is the back-up for Joao Cancelo at City and it doesn’t seem like he will become a starter week in, week out with the reigning Premier League champs also looking to sign Brighton’s Marc Cucurella this summer. If the Ukrainian captain moves to Arsenal then he could become a regular starter, especially if Arteta moves to a back three in a 3-4-2-1 formation and Kieran Tierney plays as a left-sided center back. Zinchenko would be a perfect fit for the left wing-back role in that system. (JPW)


July 13 – Sterling signs for Chelsea

The England international has signed for Chelsea after a stellar seven seasons at Manchester City. Sterling will be the main man in attack for Thomas Tuchel and will give him them the clever runs and pace they need in attack. This is a massive upgrade for Chelsea and proves the ambition of their new owners, as Sterilng will excel in the 3-4-2-1 formation in one of the underneath roles, or even up top as the central striker. Sterling’s goodbye message to City was classy and the England star will always be remembered fondly by the City faithful. (JPW)


July 6 – Chelsea, Man City reportedly agree Sterling fee

Raheem Sterling has agreed to join Chelsea after seven seasons at Manchester City, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old England star would move with the World Cup looming in November and mark the second big-money attacker to leave Man City this summer after Gabriel Jesus shuffled off to North London.

What can this move mean to Man City? More details and analysis, here. (NM)


July 4 – Kalvin Phillips completes Man City move

England international midfielder Kalvin Phillips has switched his boyhood club Leeds for Manchester City, as the move costs an initial $54.7 million. Phillips is the long-term replacement for Fernandinho and will add steel, creativity and class to City’s engine room. This seems like a very good fit for Pep Guardiola and the transfer fee is pretty decent too. Perhaps that was impacted by Phillips having a rough 2021-22 season as he spent most of it out injured. Regardless of those struggles, the Yorkshire Pirlo has an incredible range of passing and he should slot in very nicely alongside Rodri to give City’s stable of wonderful attacking players plenty of license to roam free. Phillips, 26, is joining City in his prime and Guardiola will no doubt take his game to the next level. This is a very good deal for City and Phillips. (JPW)


July 1 – Man City add goalkeeper ahead of Steffen loan

USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen was expected to leave Manchester City on loan this season should the Citizens find a home for him.

It seems like reports of Steffen going on loan to Middlesbrough in the Championship are for real, then, given that City announced the signing of Stefan Ortega-Moreno on a three-year deal.

The out-of-contract 29-year-old starred for Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga but saw the club relegated as he finished out his contract. (NM)


July 1 – Vincent Kompany’s Burnley signs two Man City backs

It comes as little to surprise to hear that new Burnley manager Vincent Kompany would look to Man City in a bid to boost the Clarets back to the Premier League.

City will send highly-rated center back Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 20, on a season-long loan to Turf Moor, while CJ Egan-Riley moves to the Clarets on a permanent deal.

England U-21 back Harwood-Bellis started double-digit games for Kompany’s Anderlecht last season and then went to Stoke City, where ran up almost 2,000 minutes in the Championship over a half-season. He’s played eight times for City, scoring a goal against Port Vale in the FA Cup.

Egan-Riley, 19, is also an England youth international and made three senior appearances for Man City last season (


June 24 – Arsenal, Man City agree transfer fee for Gabriel Jesus

Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in January and the summer, respectively, Arsenal appear to have filled their massive hole at striker with a 25-year-old (four-time) Premier League champion: Gabriel Jesus. Fabricio Romano reported on Friday that Arsenal and Manchester City have agreed a $55.3 million transfer fee for the Brazilian international. All that remains to be agreed are personal terms for a contract between Jesus and Arsenal. (AE)


June 24 – Man City agree transfer fee, contract for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips

Kalvin Phillips appears next in line to be announced at the Etihad Stadium, after Manchester City reportedly reached an agreement with Leeds United for midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The fee will reportedly be $51.5 million (with an additional $2.5 million possible in add-ons).

Fabricio Romano has also reported that a contract has been agreed between Phillips and Man City.

While Phillips likely won’t play every game at Manchester City, his role in the squad will be plenty important — especially in a World Cup year, and the unique challenges set to be presented by a mid-season stoppage for the tournament in Qatar.

Pep Guardiola almost certainly identified the need for a new backup defensive midfielder, to spell Rodri from time to time, with Ilkay Gundogan set to turn 32 shortly after the new season kicks off. Gundogan was fantastic in stretches last season, including his two goals on the final day of the season to complete City’s title-winning comeback, but Phillips’ impending arrival likely spells the end of the German international’s time in Manchester. (AE)


June 23 – Goalkeeper moves involving Steffen, Stefan

German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega could become Manchester City’s No. 2 goalkeeper if Zack Steffen finds a transfer destination to his liking, according to Sky Sports.

Ortega, 29, has spent much of his career with Arminia Bielefeld, which was relegated to 2.Bundesliga this season.

Steffen, meanwhile, may want to pursue a No. 1 shirt this summer as Ederson is not likely to lose his at Man City any time soon and the USMNT backstop is locked in a battle with Matt Turner to start at the 2022 World Cup.

The 27-year-old American cost City around $7-8 million in 2019 when he made his second trip abroad. He was previously on the books at Freiburg and Columbus Crew, and starred on loan to Fortuna Dusseldorf from City in the 2019-20 season (though Fortuna was relegated).

Steffen signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season, and Guardiola backed the USMNT man following a rough FA Cup semifinal. But a move away does make some sense, and perhaps a loan might fit the bill, too? (NM).


June 22 – Real Madrid getting serious about signing Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling is looking both short-term (World Cup 2022) and long-term (the second half of his club career) with an eye toward leaving Manchester City this summer. There is interest in the Premier League (Chelsea), but the 27-year-old England international has equally, if not more, interesting options abroad, with Real Madrid reportedly stepping up their interest.

Sterling has previously indicated that he would like to play abroad at some point during his career, and what better time could he do so than still in the prime of his career, seemingly as fresh as he’ll ever be after seeing his playing time reduced at Man City the last 18 months. (AE)


June 10 – Gabriel Jesus wants Premier League move

According to Fabrizio Romano, Gabriel Jesus wants a move to another Premier League team. He has been linked with Arsenal, while Tottenham are also said to be interested. With Erling Haaland (see below) coming in, Jesus won’t be first-choice at City and he has been very good, consistently, over the last five years. However, the 25-year-old would be the main man up top at Arsenal and surely that appeals to him rather than signing for another club where he is the back-up forward, like he was at City after being in the shadows of Sergio Aguero season after season. (JPW)


June 10 – Erling Haaland is on his way

The journey continues, as Erling Haaland posts a photo of himself wearing a Man City shirt as a kid ahead of his move to City which will be completed on July 1. Previously City had agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund for his signature and it is believed that personal terms with Haaland would not be a problem to negotiate. It appears that is all sorted now. Erling’s father, Alf-Inge, played for Man City and Haaland will follow in his dad’s footsteps in playing for the Premier League. However, this Haaland will spearhead City’s attack rather than mop up in midfield. (JPW)


June 7 – Man City want $63 million from Newcastle for Nathan Ake

Newcastle United are expected to make a move for Manchester City center back Nathan Ake this summer, but the Dutchman won’t come cheaply. Man City intend to recoup all of the $52 million they paid for him two summers ago — plus a little profit on top. (AE)


June 2 – Marc Cucurella to Man City

He might’ve been Brighton and Hove Albion’s signing of the season, but will Marc Cucurella’s stay at the Amex Stadium be limited to one campaign? Spanish outlet El Desmarque says that a deal to bring the ex-Barcelona left back to the Etihad Stadium. City needs help on that side with Benjamin Mendy in deep legal trouble and Oleksandr Zinchenko set to find a new home. Cucurella was fantastic in the Premier League and will likely have grown up admiring Barca hero Pep Guardiola. For $40 million, this makes some sense as Brighton would be taking a step back at the position but be able to use a $20 million-plus profit in reinvesting in the position (or finding that center forward/finisher that would take its attack to the next level). (NM)

Arsenal transfer news, live! Latest reports, rumors, updates

0 Comments

Arsenal transfer news: This summer transfer window will be an interesting (and important) for the Gunners after Mikel Arteta’s side fell just short of a top-four finish in the Premier League last season.

VIDEO: Premier League analysis

After finishing two points behind north London rivals Tottenham, due to back-to-back defeats on matchweek 36 and 37 with UEFA Champions League qualification nearly in the bag, Arsenal will at least be back in the Europa League when the 2022-23 season begins. Following a year out of Europe altogether, this young Arsenal squad is set to continue its development in continental competition.

Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona, in January) and Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract, this summer), Arteta will undoubtedly like to see a new striker (or two) unveiled at the Emirates Stadium in the coming weeks.

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Liverpool | Chelsea | Tottenham | Man United | Man City ]

Below we roundup the latest done deals, reports and rumors and give our analysis on Arsenal transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) will guide you through a hectic next few months.


Arsenal 2022-23 confirmed transfers & signings

In

Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City ($54.7 million)
Fabio Vieira – Porto ($42 million) – MORE
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester City ($35.9 million)
Matt Turner – New England Revolution ($10.2 million) – MORE
Marquinhos – Sao Paulo ($3.5 million)

Out

Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille ($10.8 million)
Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract)


Arsenal transfer news & rumors today, live!

July 22 – Oleksandr Zinchenko unveiled as newest Arsenal player

Following weeks of reports and speculation, and even confirmation from his former manager, Oleksandr Zinchenko is officially an Arsenal player. The Gunners announced the 25-year-old left back/midfielder’s arrival on Friday, with the Ukrainian international calling it “a boyhood dream come true.” (AE)


July 20 – Guardiola confirms Zinchenko deal

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Oleksandr Zinchenko will join Arsenal from Manchester City. The Man City boss was speaking in the U.S. ahead of their opening preseason friendly against Club America in Houston and announced that Zinchenko will seal his move to Arsenal as the Ukrainian star has travelled to join up with the Gunners on their own preseason tour of the U.S. and will be announced shortly.

Several of Man City’s players have been praising the versatile midfield/defender and Guardiola had this to say about the departing Zinchenko. (JPW)


July 19 – Zinchenko deal close to completion

Oleksandr Zinchenko is currently in the U.S. with Manchester City but he looks set to join another Premier League on their preseason tour in America: Arsenal. According to Fabrizio Romano, everything has been agreed between the clubs and the player and all that needs to be completed now is a medical. Zinchenko, 25, will add incredible versatility to Arsenal and is expected to play down the left or in central midfield. He’s a player that Mikel Arteta knows very well from his time as Man City’s assistant coach and the Ukrainian star will become a regular at Arsenal. (JPW)


July 18 – Oleksandr Zinchenko set for Arsenal

According to a report from David Ornstein, Arsenal have agreed contract terms with Oleksandr Zinchenko after agreeing a $35.9-million transfer fee with Manchester City. The deal is expected to be announced by Arsenal in the coming hours or days. Zinchenko is currently in the United States as part of Man City’s preseason tour, but he is expected to depart to undergo his medical with Arsenal, who are also stateside ahead of the new Premier League season. (AE)


July 17 – Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez to sign for Manchester United

Arsenal have missed out on top defensive target Lisandro Martinez as the Argentine international appears headed for Manchester United. The Red Devils announced on Sunday that an agreement had been reached with Ajax. The 24-year-old center is expected to sign for Man United upon agreeing personal terms and/or completing a medical. (AE)

July 16 – $35 million fee for Zinchenko agreed

Arsenal are edging closer to announcing Oleksandr Zinchenko as their player. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have agreed a transfer fee with Man City and now it’s all about agreeing personal terms with the players. This is a really good move for Arsenal, and Zinchenko, and one of those transfers which makes complete sense for everyone involved. Zinchenko is versatile, has incredible quality and is just the type of character Mikel Arteta loves to have in his team. (JPW)


July 15 – Zinchenko talks continue

It appears Oleksandr Zinchenko is edging closer to a move to Arsenal, as multiple reports claim that talks are continuing. The Ukraine star could play at left back, in midfield or on the left wing for Arsenal and his minutes would increase with the Gunners. Like Gabriel Jesus, he’s a player who knows Mikel Arteta really well and he would slot in perfectly to Arsenal’s system.

Zinchenko is the back-up for Joao Cancelo at City and it doesn’t seem like he will become a starter week in, week out with the reigning Premier League champs also looking to sign Brighton’s Marc Cucurella this summer. If Zinchenko moves to Arsenal then he could get that starting spot, especially if Arteta moves to a back three in a 3-4-2-1 formation and Kieran Tierney plays as a left-sided center back. Zinchenko would be a perfect fit for the left wing-back role in that system. His versatility is very useful and this would be another really good addition for the Gunners. (JPW)


July 14 – Zinchenko to Arsenal, USMNT back Trusty on loan

If Oleksandr Zinchenko was to leave Manchester City, he’d find several measures of familiarity with Arsenal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a former Man City assistant and the North London side just added Gabriel Jesus from the Premier League’s most-recent dynasty.

Zinchenko has long been linked with a move away from Man City in order to get more time and his preferred position of central midfielder, where he plays for the Ukraine national team. And Arteta’s new club is said to be discussing Zinchenko with his old club.

The 25-year-old’s ability to shine at the in-demand position of left back as well as the middle of the park makes him a prized asset. With City looked to get an upgrade at left back and well-stocked at center mid, could a second player make his move from the champs to the Gunners?

Meanwhile, the Gunners’ first USMNT addition of the year is reportedly set for a loan move to the Championship. Now, don’t worry Matt Turner fans, it was easy to miss the news that Arsenal purchased Auston Trusty over the winter.

The 23-year-old center back is with Arsenal after leaving the Colorado Rapids and will reportedly head to Birmingham City to get his first taste of league football in England. (NM)


July 11 – Arsenal linked with Kante move

Now, N’Golo Kante is still probably in the top three defensive midfielders in the world when he’s fully fit, so why would Chelsea sell him? Kante, 31, has just one year left on his contract at Chelsea and it appears he may be ready for a new challenge. With that in mind, the Daily Star claims that Manchester United and Arsenal want to sign Kante this summer. Kante is currently in the UK and not on Chelsea’s preseason tour of the U.S. due to his vaccination status not allowing him to enter the United States of America.

Should Chelsea cash in on Kante now? They will likely get close to $50 million for him if they sold him this summer and the French international struggled increasingly with injuries last season. Arsenal have Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey in central midfield and their need for true holding midfielder is probably not high on their list of priorities. That said, if Kante does arrive then his experience will be vital and he can win the ball back time and time again for Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and others to damage with. When he’s fit and firing on all cylinders there are still few defensive midfielders better than him in the world. (JPW)


July 4 – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal signed, sealed, delivered

What a move for Arsenal this is. Gabriel Jesus, 25, has joined the Gunners for $54.7 million from Manchester City, and Mikel Arteta will be absolutely delighted with this deal. With Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez arriving this summer, Jesus needed to move to get more minutes as he aims to start for Brazil at the World Cup in November. He has found the perfect spot at Arsenal, as they needed a number nine, his playing style and philosophy matches theirs perfectly, and he knows Arteta very well from the latter being Man City’s assistant coach. This transfer works so well for everyone it actually hurts. Now, if Jesus can just become a little more clinical, this will be one of the deals of the summer, but at least we now know that Jesus wants to play up front instead of on the right. (JPW)


July 2 – Battle for Lisandro Martinez is well and truly on

A report from Dutch outlet De Telegraaf states that Manchester United are trying to pip Arsenal to the signing of Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez. United have reportedly made a $47 million bid for the 24-year-old (who can play center back or left back) and are pushing Arsenal all the way to try and sign the Ajax star. Martinez of course worked with United’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, at Ajax and proved himself to be one of their most important players in recent seasons.

His ability to be aggressive defensively but also have poise on the ball is exactly what both United and Arsenal want from a defender, but do both really need a new center back/left back? United have Luke Shaw, Alex Telles and Harry Maguire in those positions, while Mikel Arteta has Kieran Tierney and Gabriel. Arsenal’s need to sign Martinez is probably greater than United’s but ETH may well hold the key. (JPW)


July 1 – Tielemans terms agreed, but Arsenal yet to bid

You know those all-too-logical Youri Tielemans to Arsenal reports?

They aren’t going to happen unless the Gunners make an offer to Leicester City.

Reports say that Tielemans wants to join the North London outfit after agreeing terms with the Belgian midfielder, but the Gunners have yet to lodge a bid for his services.

Making things tougher, according to CBS’ Ben Jacobs, is that Manchester United has increased its attention to Tielemans and Arsenal may have to make a decision soon in order to keep the visionary mid from heading to Old Trafford instead of the Emirates. (NM)


July 1 – Arda Guler – ‘Turkish Messi’ – could move to London

Fenerbahce phenom Arda Guler may make a move from Turkey to North London, according to a report.

The ‘Turkish Messi’ doesn’t turn 18 until February but broke into the first team at Fener last season.

Guler scored three times with five assists in 16 appearances across all competitions and picked up most of those goal contributions when he found his form from February through late April. (NM)


June 27 – Matt Turner completes his move to Arsenal

USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed his move to Arsenal and is in north London settling in at his new club. It will take a lot for Turner to usurp Aaron Ramsdale as Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper but he should get plenty of minutes in the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League this season. It will be intriguing to see how Turner fares early on at Arsenal, especially as they are heading to the U.S. on a preseason tour and he should play plenty of minutes for the Gunners as he gets to know his new teammates, coaches and settles in further. (JPW)


June 26 – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal done!

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus is finally heading to Arsenal. Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the striker has agreed a five-year contract with the Gunners and Arsenal will pay $55 million to Man City for Jesus. As we’ve talked about multiple times already this summer, Jesus is the finisher Arsenal needed in attack and Mikel Arteta worked very closely with him at Man City over the last few years as their assistant boss. Apparently that was key in Jesus leaving City as Erling Haaland will be their new main man up top.

Jesus can play out on the right but he’s expected to play in the No. 9 role for Arsenal as they have their main man up top for the foreseeable future. Even if there are question marks over Jesus’ finishing sometimes, there’s no doubting his quality and if he is given chances on a plate from Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Odegaard and others then he will score plenty of goals for Arsenal. This is yet another fine addition for the Gunners as their young, talented squad could also see Raphinha added to it in the coming days. (JPW)


June 25 – Raphinha to Arsenal close?

A report from The Sun’s Jack Rosser states that Arsenal are going back with an improved bid for Raphinha as they continue to make big moves in the transfer market. The Leeds winger has been a long-time target for Barcelona but due to their financial situation a move to the Nou Camp doesn’t look likely, at least right now. Arsenal are determined to sign Raphinha ahead of London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea who are both reportedly interested. Per the report, Arsenal’s talks with Leeds are at an ‘advanced stage’ and after an initial bid was rejected, Arsenal could pay over $65 million for the Brazil international. Is this a good move for Arsenal?

They lacked a cutting edge in the final third last season after improving defensively under Mikel Arteta but they do still have Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli around in attack. After moving on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette they have plenty of room on the wage-bill for new signings and as they close in on Gabriel Jesus, and now Raphinha, this Arsenal attack could have a more direct feel to it. Given that Edu’s strong connections with the Brazilian game has no doubt helped and there’s a growing sense that deals are likely to be done. Arsenal have all of a sudden made a huge surge in the transfer market. After signing Portuguese playmaker Fabio Vieira for $45 million and Brazilian youngster Marquinhos already this summer, if Arsenal do sign Gabriel Jesus and Raphinha it would be a huge boost for Arteta. Given that Tottenham have already made some impressive signing this summer and Chelsea are about to kick on with their recruitment after the new owners and board have arrived, it was imperative Arsenal started to get these deals over the lines. (JPW)


June 24 – Arsenal, Man City agree transfer fee for Gabriel Jesus

Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in January and the summer, respectively, Arsenal appear to have filled their massive hole at striker with a 25-year-old (four-time) Premier League champion: Gabriel Jesus. Fabricio Romano reported on Friday that Arsenal and Manchester City have agreed a $55.3 million transfer fee for the Brazilian international. All that remains to be agreed are personal terms for a contract between Jesus and Arsenal. (AE)


June 21 – Arsenal seals Fabio Vieira

We have lift-off.

Arsenal has purchased Fabio Vieira — no relation to Patrick — for a reported $42 million fee.

The Porto man just turned 21 in late May and racked up the joint second-most assists in Portugal last season despite playing under 1400 minutes.

What else will the Gunners get in Vieira, who can play left wing or second striker in addition to attacking midfield? Click here for more. (NM)

June 20 – Raphinha set to sign this week?

A report from Goal.com states that Raphinha could sign for Arsenal as soon as this week as they say a $53 million deal is ‘very close’ to completion. The Brazilian winger, 25, has been linked with a move away from Leeds for much of the last 12 months and it appears that Arsenal have beaten the likes of Tottenham, Barcelona and many others to his signature. Raphinha is proven in the Premier League and his agent Deco has talked about his next move for some time as Leeds fans expected the Brazil international to move on this summer. Fabrizio Romano has added that Barcelona have agreed a contract with Raphinha but not a transfer fee with Leeds, while Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in signing the Leeds star.

Do Arsenal really need another attacking midfielder? Raphinha has plenty of end product and he would suit Mikel Arteta’s style of play well. It seems like Arsenal are going to really freshen up their attack this summer as Fabio Vieira is set to arrive from FC Porto, Gabriel Jesus could arrive from Manchester City and the Gunners have already signed Eddie Nketiah to a new long-term contract. Add the trio of Raphinha, Vieira and Jesus to Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli and you have incredible depth in attack. Quite how Arteta can keep all of those forward-thinking players happy remains to be seen but these are exciting times for Arsenal as they look to continue moving forward as they just missed out on a top four finish last season. (JPW)


June 18 – Gunners push for Martinez, Raphinha, Jesus deals

Things are really starting to heat up now, aren’t they? As vacations for managers, some players and agents start to come to a close, the rumor mill is spinning into overdrive and it appears Arsenal are closing in on several deals. Our partners at Sky Sports say that Arsenal are ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Jesus, 25, will arrive from Manchester City this summer. Per the report, Arsenal value Jesus at around $35 million but City want closer to $60 million for the Brazilian forward. Arteta has worked with Jesus closely in the past and he would be a perfect fit in this Arsenal side, plus his playing time at City is surely going to fall after Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez arrived this summer.

Per the report, Arteta worked closely with Jesus in individual sessions while he was an assistant at Man City and Jesus wants more responsibility and knows he will lead the line at Arsenal. After the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette over the last six months, Arsenal need a striker to finish off the many chances they create. Jesus is surely the perfect fit and now it’s all about City and Arsenal agreeing on a fee. Even though Eddie Nketiah has signed a new long-term contract (which is great news for Arsenal) they are still light up top.

As for other potential deals, The Athletic claims that Arsenal want to sign both Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez. Their interest in Raphinha has been known for quite some time and they are clearly looking to restock their attacking options with Fabio Vieira also on the way from Porto (see below). As for Martinez, the Ajax and Argentine star is a versatile defender who can play at center back or left back. Martinez, 24, is said to be keen on the move and Arsenal are negotiating with Ajax over the deal. However, one player Arsenal may not sign is Youri Tielemans as several reports suggest they may now look elsewhere. The Belgian midfielder will be a man in demand this summer as he has just one year left on his current contract at Leicester City. However, the London Evening Standard says that the Gunners could still move for Tielemans as he fits their need in a deeper central midfield role. (JPW)


June 17 – Fabio Vieira deal done, say FC Porto

FC Porto have released a statement saying that Arsenal have agreed to pay up to $42 million for Fabio Vieira. The Portuguese midfielder, 22, is a silky operator and fits in nicely with Arsenal’s model of buying talented young players who are on the up. He is regarded as the next top attacking midfielder in Portugal and should slot in very nicely alongside the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe across the attack. This move came out of nowhere and now Arsenal’s fans are hoping for Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans to follow as the want the Gunners to keep moving forward after they came so close to finishing in the top four last season. (JPW)


June 11 – Gunners exploring if they can sign Raphinha

We know that Arsenal are prioritizing the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans this summer, but according to The Telegraph they also have more than one eye on Raphinha. The Leeds and Brazil winger, 25, has just two years left on his contract at Elland Road and he’s widely expected to leave this summer. Barcelona, Liverpool and many other teams have been linked with Raphinha in the past but there’s be no movement even though his agent (former Portugal legend Deco) has repeatedly discussed his client moving on soon.

Would this be a good move for Arsenal? They already have a lot of similar players to Raphinha and strengthening in midfield and up top (ahem, Tielemans and Jesus) should be their priority. If Raphinha is still available after that then he’s worth looking at but is he want Arsenal need? They have Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli around in the attacking midfield roles and this seems like it would be a luxury signing and a little unnecessary. But if the price is right (around $61 million is the asking price) his quality is undoubted. (JPW)


June 10 – Young forward Marquinhos set to join Gunners for $3.7 million

Marquinhos, 19, is set to join Arsenal from Sao Paulo, according to The Guardian. They say that Arsenal have ‘won the race’ to sign the Brazilian forward, who will sign a five-year contract. Marquinhos is definitely a player for the future after he broke through at Sao Paulo last season and has been capped by Brazil at U17 level. As for a player for the here and now, this report states that Gabriel Jesus remains Arsenal’s main target. If they can bring in Jesus then Arteta will be delighted as the Gunners’ young squad continues to move in the direction as they battle for a top four finish. (JPW)


June 9 – Alexandre Lacazette rejoins Lyon, who he left to sign for Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal departure was already confirmed, but we now know that the 31-year-old French forward has rejoined Lyon on a free transfer. Lacazette spent seven season in the Lyon first team, where he scored 129 goals in 275 appearances (all competitions) from 2010-2017, before leaving the Ligue 1 side to sign for Arsenal. He made 206 appearances for the Gunners and scored 71 times in five seasons at the Emirates Stadium. (AE)


June 4 – Arsenal one of a few clubs interested in Leeds’ Raphinha

With Nicolas Pepe expecting (or, at least hoping) to leave the club this summer, Arsenal could soon have two things in abundance: 1) room in the wage bill (Pepe earns $175,000 per week), and 2) playing time for a star attacker (this was present already). That’s why Arsenal are reportedly considering making a move for Leeds star Raphinha, though they’re likely to face stiff competition from other clubs as well as Leeds, who have dug their heels in and said that Raphinha will only leave if a club meets their valuation. Though he and Bukayo Saka play a similar role, Raphinha is versatile enough that he could play in other attacking positions to get Arsenal’s two best (theoretical) attackers on the field together. (AE)

Follow @AndyEdMLS

Liverpool transfer news, live! Latest reports, rumors, updates

0 Comments

Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp and the Reds will likely have a busy summer ahead as the Liverpool transfer news will focus on some key departures and who could replace them.

VIDEO: Premier League analysis

With Sadio Mane off to Bayern Munich and Mohamed Salah just signing a new deal, the status of Liverpool’s star forwards at Anfield has been a story all summer. One big new attraction has arrived in the form of Darwin Nunez.

The Reds came so close to the quadruple in 2021-22 so improving this squad will not be easy but plenty of fringe players are expected to move on and Liverpool will be a very intriguing team to keep an eye on this summer as they try and overtake Manchester City to win the Premier League title in 2022-23.

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Chelsea | Tottenham | Man United | Man City | Arsenal ]

Below we roundup the latest done deals, reports and rumors and give our analysis on Liverpool transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) will guide you through a hectic next few months.


Liverpool 2022-23 confirmed transfers & signings

In

Darwin Nunez – Benfica ($84 million, plus $21 million possible add-ons) – MORE
Fabio Carvalho – Fulham ($8 million)
Calvin Ramsay – Aberdeen ($6 million, plus $3.5 million possible add-ons)

Out

Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich ($43 million)
Takumi Minamino – Monaco ($18.3 million)
Divock Origi (end of contract)
Loris Karius (end of contract)


Liverpool transfer news, live!

July 7 – Joe Gomez signs long-term contract extension

Joe Gomez might not be a first- (or second-) choice center back for Liverpool anymore, with Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip both out-appearing him last season, but the 25-year-old is keen to continue his seven-year stay an Anfield. Gomez signed a five-year contract through the summer of 2027. Gomez has since spoken to the club’s website:(AE)

“It’s obviously a special moment for me and my family. Another one that you dream of as a kid, and one I don’t take for granted.

“It is an unbelievable place to be. In my eyes, probably one of the best — if not the best — clubs in the world at the minute. The opportunity to extend my stay here was an easy decision to make, really.

“Obviously, I have been here quite a while now, but in the grand scheme of things I still feel young and, like you say, the best years are ahead of me. I have got more to learn and the time to do that.

“I think I have the platform here to do it with the manager and the coaching staff around me and my teammates, to make sure the best years are ahead. I think as a group, the sky is the limit. We want to go one, if not two, better than last season and aim for it all.”


July 1 – Mohamed Salah signs new Liverpool deal

So, updating the note below…

It’s a three-year deal for Salah, who will join holdovers Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino in addition to new signing Darwin Nunez in chasing down Manchester City.

Read more here


June 25 – Liverpool open to selling Salah this summer

Liverpool are reportedly open to selling Mohamed Salah this summer as the Egyptian star has just one year left on his current contract. The Reds have been locked in talks with Salah for months about a new deal and per a report from the The Sun, Liverpool could sell Salah this summer for $74 million. Per the report, Real Madrid are the club Salah could move to as they look to bolster their attack after missing out on Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland this summer.

Should Liverpool cash-in on Salah just like they did with Sadio Mane earlier this week? With one year left on his contract and no real movement on talks, the situation is pretty similar and Salah has won everything he can at Liverpool. With Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz arriving over the last six months at Anfield, it feels like Liverpool have already made the moves to replace Mane and Salah long-term. Now it’s all about whether they sell Salah this summer or risk him running down his contract and leaving for free next summer. The latter option would not be good for Liverpool from a business sense, especially as they’ve been very good in terms of net spend and bringing in like-for-like replacements over the last six years. (JPW)


June 22 – Sadio Mane unveiled by Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is claiming Sadio Mane as a coup for its club and league after the Bundesliga champions unveiled the 30-year-old on Wednesday.

Here’s Bayern board member Hasan Salihamidžić:

“In Sadio Mane a top international star is coming to FC Bayern, who has left his mark on world football. We’re proud to have brought him to Munich. Sadio made it clear from the first minute in our talks that he now only wanted to play for FC Bayern. Everyone knows his outstanding technical qualities as well as his incredible mentality. He will contribute a lot and help to lead our team, which has a great structure. The fact that he’s joining FC Bayern shows that our club and he have big aims. Sadio Mané fits perfectly with the football that FC Bayern play under Julian Nagelsmann.” (NM)

Transfer news
@fcbayernen

June 22 – Liverpool, Monaco agree transfer fee for Takumi Minamino

Takumi Minamino’s time at Anfield appears to be over after Liverpool and Monaco reportedly agreed a transfer fee for the 27-year-old Japan international. The fee is said to be just shy of $16 million, with an additional $3 million possible in add-ons. After signing Minamino for $9 million two and a half years ago, Liverpool are set to make a small profit in the deal (plus any loan fee they received from Southampton in 2021. (AE)


June 21 – Sadio Mane arrives in Munich ahead of move to Bayern

The Senegal star is inching closer to his move to Bayern Munich as he is in Bavaria for his medical. Mane, 30, will soon become a Bayern player after the clubs agreed a fee of over $43 million. Liverpool fans will be sad to see these scenes but Mane leaves a legend as he scored 120 goals in 269 games for the Reds and epitomized what they were all about under Jurgen Klopp. At Bayern he will be the main man (Robert Lewandowski is expected to leave) and it felt like he was keen to have a fresh challenge in his career after winning every trophy possible with Liverpool over the last six seasons. Mane’s incredible consistency, intensity and quality will be tough to replace and he will always be a hero at Anfield. (JPW)


June 19 – Calvin Ramsay arrives from Aberdeen

Highly-regarded right back Calvin Ramsay, 18, has arrived from Aberdeen in a deal reportedly worth $8 million. Ramsay was wanted by plenty of Premier League clubs but Liverpool’s pull was too strong and given Jurgen Klopp’s record of nurturing young talent (Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones to name a few) this move makes a lot of sense.

“There’s obviously a pathway here – that’s one of the reasons I chose it as well. It’s not just a massive club, they give young players chances in the first team,” Ramsay said.

“So if I can come in in pre-season, put my mark down, then there’s no reason why I can’t push to get in the first-team squad.”

Ramsay has been sensational for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership and is a Scotland U21 international already. He will have his work cut-out to replace TAA at right back but perhaps his arrival will allow the Alexander-Arnold to move further forward or even play in central midfield? (JPW)


June 15 – Mane closes in on Bayern move

Liverpool is awaiting a fresh bid from Bayern Munich for star winger Sadio Mane, as reports claim the Senegalese has agreed to terms with Germany’s serial champions.

Mane, 29, has been linked to Bayern for some time and Fabrizio Romano says that it’ll be a three-year contract for the forward.

Liverpool has signed Darwin Nunez this summer and added Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota last season to reinvigorate its attack. This asks more questions of Mohamed Salah, who is entering the final year of his deal at Anfield (NM).

June 14 – Darwin Nunez unveiled by Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is excited by the potential of his latest massive purchase, especially because possible nine-figure striker Darwin Nunez is already very, very good.

“Darwin is a wonderful player; already really good but so much potential to get even better,” Klopp said. “That’s why it’s so exciting, to be honest. His age, his desire, his hunger to be even better than he currently is. His belief in our project and what we are looking to do as a club.”

Read more about the League Cup and FA Cup winners’ latest big cash splash, here (NM).

June 12 – Liverpool set to sign Darwin Nunez for club-record $105 million

Darwin Nunez to Liverpool looks to be close to completion, as the Uruguayan ace is reportedly on his way to Anfield.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the 22-year-old Benfica star has agreed a six-year contact at Liverpool and the Premier League giants have also agreed a transfer fee with his current club. Per the report, Liverpool will pay Benfica a guaranteed $84 million and could pay up to another $21 million in add-ons. After being on international duty with Uruguay over the last few weeks, Nunez left Uruguay’s camp and has flown to Madrid, Spain and is set to travel to England to complete his medical and sign the contract on Monday.

Darwin Nunez impressed Klopp when Liverpool played against Benfica (Nunez scored in each leg) and is a rising star in world soccer. His aggression, clinical finishing and pace mean he is perfect for this Liverpool team and will slot in well alongside Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah (at least for next season) up top. Liverpool don’t mess around once they identify a player they want to sign and Nunez ticks all of the boxes Jurgen Klopp wants from a striker. This deal make so much sense it’s almost too perfect of a fit. (JPW)


June 8 – Reds ready to break their transfer record for Darwin Nunez

Jurgen Klopp could bring Uruguayan center forward Darwin Nunez to Anfield as the Reds continue to spend as much as much as the next guy. The 22-year-old Nunez is going to cost significantly more than Manchester City paid for Erling Haaland, who had a release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.

Liverpool paid Southampton $94 million to acquire Virgil van Dijk. Benfica’s asking price for Nunez is said to start at $106 million, with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid among those also in the discussion and capable of raising the fee. Reports out of Portugal say that Liverpool has met that $106 million fee. (NM)


June 7 – Liverpool lose Aurelien Tchouameni race as Real Madrid seal $107-million deal

Liverpool were reportedly one of three clubs in the final running for Aurelien Tchouameni, but the 22-year-old Monaco midfielder is likely headed to Real Madrid after the reigning European champions got the best of the Reds once more. It’ll be $85 million upfront, with the remaining $22 million available through add-ons. (AE)


June 7 – Liverpool reject opening bid from Bayern Munich for Sadio Mane

Bayern Munich reportedly offered $26 million (plus $5 million in add-ons) for Sadio Mane, but the Bundesliga giants were quickly turned away by Liverpool. Bayern will no doubt be back with another offer, though they hope to cap their costs at around $50 million. (AE)


May 31 – Darwin Nunez on Liverpool’s radar

According to a report from FootballTransfers, Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez, 22, is a target for the Reds this summer. After a superb season at Benfica the center forward is a wanted man as Manchester United, Newcastle, Real Madrid and several of Europe’s top clubs are chasing his signature. With Sadio Mane looking to be on his way out and question marks over the future of Mohamed Salah, Klopp may need to strengthen this attack this summer. After bringing in Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota over the last 12 months, Liverpool have strength in-depth but Nunez would give them something very different in attack with his hold-up play, runs in-behind and ability to run the channels from a central position. (JPW)

Transfer news: Man Utd ‘not far off’ terms for Varane; Giroud to AC Milan

0 Comments

The conclusion of EURO 2020 can only mean one thing for the footballing world: attention returns to the club game, thus the wave of transfer rumors is (belatedly) set to wash over us in the coming weeks ahead of the 2021-22 Premier League season.

It’s transfer rumor roundup time…

[ MORE: Full list of latest Premier League transfers ]

Manchester United, Varane “not far off” personal terms

Manchester United appear set to partner Harry Maguire with Raphael Varane in central defense, with the Frenchman reportedly “not far off” agreeing personal terms at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old has one year left on his current contract at Real Madrid and it is now a foregone conclusion he will leave the club this summer despite making 41 appearances last season.

Manchester United are said to have offered a transfer fee in the neighborhood of $70 million, while Real Madrid were holding out for $110 million (at least initially). Given the lack of other suitors, expect the final figure to be closer to 70 than 110.

After agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho, Manchester United spending a further eight (and almost nine) figures on Varane will likely signal the end of their dealings this window, as they put to be two of the hotter transfer rumors of the summer.


Giroud close to joining AC Milan

Olivier Giroud’s time in west London — and London as a whole — is reportedly coming to an end as he is expected to sign a two-year contract to join AC Milan this week. Giroud extended his contract with Chelsea through the 2021-22 season just last month, but the purpose of that new pact now appears solely intended to net the reigning European champions a transfer fee for the 34-year-old forward.

Giroud bagged 11 goals in 31 appearances for Chelsea last season, but playing time will be increasingly hard to come by this season with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz having had a full season to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge, not to mention rumors linking the Blues with superstar striker Erling Haaland.


Bellerin wants to leave Arsenal

With no European football at Arsenal this season, Hector Bellerin has reportedly informed the club he would like to leave north London amid interest from Serie A champions, and Champions League participants, Inter Milan. Any potential deal could be an initial loan with an option (or an obligation) to make the move permanent. Bellerin still has two years remaining on his contract, thus any fee paid will be fairly sizable.


Wolves to sell Patricio, sign Sa

Wolves are set to swap one Portuguese goalkeeper for another, as they are reportedly close to sending the incumbent, Rui Patricio, to Roma and signing Jose Sa to replace him. Patricio, who has just one year left on his contract at 33 years old, will cost Jose Mourinho’s new club close to $14 million. Sa is expected to cost Wolves roughly half that amount, as they turn a small profit and get younger (by five years) at the position.

UPDATE: Roma have since confirmed Patricio’s arrival.

Follow @AndyEdMLS

Transfer news: Cyprien to Newcastle; Chelsea, Rice agree terms

Cyprien to Newcastle
Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images
0 Comments

We’ve got a bargain price — Wyatt Cyprien to Newcastle — and one that could hardly be described as anything near a discount — Declan Rice to Chelsea — in our Premier League transfer rumors for Friday.

[ MORE: ProSoccerTalk unfiltered, Week 2 ]

Chelsea’s opening offer to West Ham was about what it paid Leicester City for Ben Chilwell. West Ham is reportedly asking a touch more than the English record Manchester United paid the Foxes for Harry Maguire.

In related news, Leicester knows how to maximize its profits on Three Lions players.


Rice to Chelsea

Declan Rice wants to go home again.

The West Ham midfielder and former Chelsea youth has agreed terms with the Blues on a five-year deal as Frank Lampard aims to buy Rice.

The Express reports that Chelsea has so far offered $57 million to West Ham, who wants about $102 million for the 21-year-old.

Chelsea has already spent more than $300 million this summer after last summer’s transfer ban cost them any new additions.

Rice would join Edouard Mendy, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, and Kai Havertz as big money buys by the Blues in 2020.

Only eight defensive midfielders are ranked higher in value by Transfermarkt: Rodri, Joshua Kimmich, Casemiro, Fabinho, Jorginho, Ruben Neves, and Marcelo Brozovic.

He could become the sixth most expensive English player in history if he costs any more than the $58 million price tag slapped on Chilwell.

That… is something.

Most expensive English player transfers (Transfermarkt)

  • Harry Maguire, Leicester -> Man Utd, $101 million
  • Raheem Sterling, Liverpool -> Man City, $74 million
  • John Stones, Everton -> Man City, $65 million
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Palace -> Man Utd, $64 million
  • Kyle Walker, Spurs -> Man City, $61 million
  • Ben Chilwell, Leicester -> Chelsea, $58 million

West Ham has to get a huge figure for Rice, especially if the player is sold to a crosstown rival. The Irons have already faced criticism for failures in the transfer market and the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom had captain Mark Noble speaking publicly about his displeasure.

There are also rumors that David Moyes’ targets are too rich and the players being offered the selective Scot are not up to his standards. Maybe the Rice money allows Moyes to get “one of his own” but that’s a significant risk for a man who’s yet to prove he’s an upgrade on Manuel Pellegrini.

Cyprien to Newcastle

Newcastle United’s biggest hole is in the center of the park and the Magpies are again being linked with Nice’s Wylan Cyprien.

Bordeaux is said to be leading the race for the 25-year-old who is out-of-contract at the end of the season and said to be available for a $12 million price tag which would not put off the Magpies.

Cyprien has 23 goals and 12 assists in 127 league outings for Nice, who is coached by Arsenal legend and former NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira.

He is an excellent passer who doesn’t mind a shot and is strong on set pieces, scoring seven times last season. That’s one off his career-best in Ligue 1 goals set in 2016-17.

It’s a report Newcastle fans will probably hope to speak into existence.